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  • Thursday, June 23, 2005

    Aljazeera cameraman suffered "horrendous abuse"

    According to this article, from Aljazeera, the lawyer of a cameraman who worked for the media outlet in Afghanistan has told how his client suffered "horrendous abuse" at the hands of his captors:

    "Sami has endured horrendous abuse - sexual abuse and religious persecution," said Stafford-Smith, who is on a visit to Qatar, on Tuesday. "He has been beaten. He had a huge scar on his face when I saw him." The British lawyer said that al-Hajj witnessed the Quran being flushed down the toilet by US soldiers in Afghanistan, and also witnessed expletives being written on the Muslim holy book.
    "He is completely innocent. He is about as much of a terrorist as my granddad. The only reason he has been treated like he has is because he is an Aljazeera journalist. The Americans have tried to make him an informant with the goal of getting him to say that Aljazeera is linked to al-Qaida.
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